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How to Get Your Alcohol License


Alcohol and Liquor License in Dubai


Non-Muslim residents of Dubai need an alcohol license to purchase alcohol from a store or have alcohol in your home.

As a Muslim country, the UAE implements Sharia law, which prohibits the purchase and consumption of alcohol. However, the UAE authorities are aware that drinking alcohol is popular among non-Muslims, so for that reason the UAE sets rules and boundaries for purchasing and drinking alcohol. 

In hotels across all of the Emirates (except Sharjah where sale, consumption or possession of alcohol is prohibited) alcohol is offered to customers and visitors to their establishments. But be mindful of the fact that consuming alcohol is not allowed in unlicensed public places, and drunkenness in public is a an offence. Drinking alcohol is also not allowed when there is a public holiday, such as Isra Wal Miraj or the Prophet's Birthday. 

If ever you are caught transporting a large quantity of alcohol, the drink and your vehicle will be seized and you will face punishment as per the Sharia law. Also, there is a zero tolerance policy towards drinking and driving. 

It's better to be safe - and legal(1) - and it's s quite easy to get your own liquor license, so just follow the steps below to make sure you are all legal and above board.

Requirements

  • You must be a non-Muslim and over 21 years old
  • You must earn in excess of AED 3,000 per month
  • You must be a resident of Dubai, and if your visa is stamped in another Emirate other than Dubai or if you are employed by a company in any of Dubai Free Zones you will require a NOC from the Police Station of your visa Emirate
  • If you are self employed you will need to provide a copy of your Trade Licence

Applications for New LicenceDubai Liquor License

Application forms can be picked up from MMI and African & Eastern (A&E) liquor stores, situated all over Dubai, often attached to shopping malls.

You will need to take with you:

  • Fully completed application form with your company stamp and signature
  • Photocopy of passport with valid residence visa (for you and your spouse)
  • Photocopy of your labour contract as issued by the Ministry of Labour or salary certificate if you work in a Free Zone (issued by the Free Zone Authority)
  • Photocopy of your tenancy contract
  • One passport photograph (for you and your spouse)
  • CID application fee of AED 160

Renew Your Licence

Take the following documents with you:
  • Fully completed application form which should include your company stamp and signature
  • Photocopy of your passport including valid residence visa. If you have changed your sponsorship, you will need a no objection letter from your new sponsor
  • Photocopy of your tenancy contract
  • Your expired card
  • CID application fee of AED 160

The store will process the application with the Dubai Police. The process usually takes around two to three weeks. Licenses are valid for one year, and then need to be renewed (MMI or A&E will send you a reminder).

Both MMI and A&E will let you know by mobile phone when you can pick up your new license, it usually comes back with a voucher for around AED 100, this may vary but there are usually special offers to the value of the license fee, worth checking both MMI and A&E to see who has the best deal!


Dubai Liquor License UAEDo remember that it is an offence to buy, transport, store and consume alcohol, as a resident in the UAE, without a valid Liquor License. 

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